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What Do The Colors And Symbols Of The Flag Of The Marshall Islands Mean?

The flag of the Marshall Islands was adopted on May 1, 1979.

The Marshall Islands is a country located on the Pacific Ocean where it is part of the Micronesia group of islands. As per the ancient records, Micronesian colonists settled on the island at about the 2nd millennium BC. Spanish explorers first reported sighting an atoll in the region in August 1526. Gradually, more expeditions by Europeans, especially the Spanish and the English, started exploring the islands here. In 1788, the islands were visited by John Marshall, an explorer from Britain after whom the country is named. A few decades following the discovery of the Marshall Islands by the Europeans, the different European powers started to establish their control here. In 1592, Spain claimed the islands. In 1885, some of the islands were sold by Spain to Germany. These islands became part of German New Guinea. Control of the Marshall Islands went to the Empire of Japan during the First World War and during the Second World War, the US claimed the territory. Finally, self-governance was established in the Marshall Islands on 1979. On October 21, 1986, the country entered the Compact of Free Association agreement to become a fully sovereign nation.

History Of The Flag Of Marshall Islands

The national flag of the nation was adopted on May 1, 1979, after the country achieved a status of self-governance. Emlain Kabua designed the flag. She was a former First Lady of the Marshall Islands.

Design Of Marshall Islands’ Flag

The flag of the nation has a blue field. There are two diagonal stripes of orange and white that run from the lower end of the flag’s hoist-side to the upper end of the flag’s fly-side corner. On the upper blue triangle, a large white star is featured. The star has four large rays and 20 small rays.

Meaning Of The Colors And Symbols Of The Flag Of Marshall Islands

The blue color of the flag symbolizes the Pacific Ocean where the country is located. The diagonal bands together represent the equator and the upper and lower triangles symbolize the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, respectively. The star in the upper triangle thus represents the archipelago’s location in the Northern Hemisphere. The white and the orange colors of the diagonal stripes symbolize the sunrise and sunset, respectively. According to some source, they represent peace and courage. The star’s 24 points represent the country’s electoral districts. The four elongated points represent the four main cultural hubs of the nation.

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Oishimaya is an Indian native, currently residing in Kolkata. She has earned her Ph.D. degree and is presently engaged in full-time freelance writing and editing. She is an avid reader and travel enthusiast and is sensitively aware of her surroundings, both locally and globally. She loves mingling with people of eclectic cultures and also participates in activities concerning wildlife conservation.


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